[OpenGLAM] How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear

todd.d.robbins at gmail.com todd.d.robbins at gmail.com
Tue Jul 9 14:30:41 UTC 2013

Thanks for the link Joris! Is there a listing of which countries have the
most restrictive IP law <---> least restrictive? Maybe part of the
Public Domain Calculator?


On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, Joris Pekel wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have seen the figure of 'the black hole of the 20th century' because of
> copyright a few times now. Most of the times people scraped book data from
> Amazon to visualise the lack of content from the last 70 years.
> A few days ago, Paul Heald from the University of Illinois published a
> more in depth research paper that explores this notion. From the
> introduction:
> Powerful copyright lobbyists presently circle the globe advocating ever
> longer terms of copyright protection based on this under-exploitation
> hypothesis--that bad things happen when a copyright expires, the work loses
> its owner, and it falls into the public domain.4 By analyzing present
> distribution patterns of books and music, this article tests the assumption
> that works will be under-exploited unless they are owned and therefore
> questions the validity of arguments in favor of copyright term extension.
>  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2290181
> All the best,
> Joris
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